SPCA Animal Cruelty investigator back in court
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HINSDALE, N.Y. — A Cattaraugus County SPCA animal cruelty investigator was back in court Wednesday evening as protesters rallied outside of Hinsdale's Town Hall.
Philip Barrett faces a class D felony charge for possessing a forged rabies vaccination record back in 2008.
Animal activists held a demonstration along Route 16 claiming that there are more rabies vaccination certificate violations by the SPCA that have put the whole community's health at risk.
"This is no joke. When you forge a rabies certificate, you put lives at risk and that's where you need to draw the line," said Morgan Dunbar, director, Animal Allies of WNY.
"I think a lot of our supporters absolutely know that everything being said is not only unfounded but they're ridiculous allegations. On top of that, they're spiteful and they're inflammatory and hurting the animals," said Kelly Chaffee, boardmember, CCSPCA.
At Wednesday's court appearance, it was decided that a Cattaraugus County special prosecutor will now be involved with the case.
The next hearing is scheduled for October 8th.